Diley (Dyla) Hernandez is a native of Havana, Cuba. After studying Psychology for several years at the University of Havana she immigrated to the United States and received her B.A. in Psychology from New Mexico State University in 2004. Diley continued her academic studies at The University of Arizona where she completed a M.A. and a Ph.D. in Educational Psychology. Her areas of specialization include motivation, learning and cognition, instructional methods, human development, cross-cultural studies in education, and social psychology. She taught for over five years a variety of education and human development courses at several institutions such as The University of Arizona (2006-2009) and Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey (2009-2011). Her research interests include the impact of stereotype and social identity threat on the academic achievement and motivation of minority students, the cross-cultural variation of motivational processes, and Latino student’s academic achievement in STEM education. Currently, she works for CEISMC as the Director of the GoSTEM and the CAPACiTY programs.